Now it’s just about survival and Tokyo

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Money Heist Season 5 Part 1 Review Rating:

3.5 out of 5.0 stars

Creator: Alex Pina

Transmission in: Netflix

Idiom: Spanish (Original) English with subtitles available

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Money Heist Season 5 Part 1 Review: What is it about?

It is the beginning of the end. Four years have passed since a group of antiheroes (read thieves) led by a criminal professor (Álvaro Morte) has been looting place after place without actually being arrested and gaining popularity all the time. But the tables have turned and bad luck has hit the team. The professor is arrested and the gang is trapped inside the Bank of Spain. Will they survive? Will they die? Is there something right or wrong? What is your redemption? Season 5, Vol. 1, is about that.

Money Heist Season 5 Part 1 Review: What Works

We’ve been through too much of what’s right and what’s wrong, now it’s all about surviving and making one’s existence worthwhile. Money Heist has always been about antiheroes and how they emerge victorious. Of course, they are on the dark side of the spectrum and nothing they do justifies their crime. The writers, creators, and directors have made sure to call them criminals at every stage.

These criminals are about to be arrested and the faces that until now were forgotten are known to the world. What’s left? His motive and redemption. Season 5, part 1, is pretty much the same. Why do they do what they do and what is the price some of them pay. Like all four seasons, Tokyo tells the story, but this time with a sense of burden. Because now the end begins and not everyone arrives at the door. Guys, I’m trying really hard not to reveal any spoilers, appreciate me!

Money Heist Season 5
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The writing in Money Heist season 5 Vol 1 is respectful to its audience. By now, we all know the delicacy these humans have in looting anything on Earth. So what it does is guide us through their motives as they try to escape the hands of the law. Mainly we get the backstory of Tokyo in detail and a bit of Denver. The creators also feature a computer wizard, Rafael (Patrick Criad), who turns out to be the new thief, one level up. The way the teacher’s timeline is presented to you is what we’ll have to see. He is the son of Berlin by the way! (I wanted that expression, just that).

While the tension is at its peak and who will overtake who is the most intriguing point, what also wins is the camera that circles through the rumbles as David Fincher operates it and gives life to the Bank that is itself a character by now.

I can go on to how incredibly intriguing the new season is and how it kills one of the most important people, but it could end up giving you a spoiler. Then I stop. Have I revealed something? No, I did not do it.

Money Heist Season 5 Part 1 Review: Star Performance

4 years have passed and my brain refuses to digest that Money Heist was a failure in its first season on Spanish television. Álvaro Morte is at his supremacy and knows what is expected of him. He gives us just that and I am happy for his existence. This time he’s helpless, but once he was glorious. You can see that on his face. These people have become its parts. Please don’t join in and steal for real guys!

Tokio (Úrsula Corberó) has my heart forever and this time we can see her vulnerabilities as we have never seen before. You see her in her weakest phase and it breaks something inside of you, and trust me, she’s about to wreck you when Part 1 ends. Helsinki (Darko Perić) and Bogotá (Hovik Keuchkerian) are recently introduced and up to the task. .

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Now let me take a moment and appreciate my favorite character of all, Alicia Sierra (Najwa Nimri). A suspended police officer who has arrested a wanted thief is pregnant in the last cycle. Can there be a female character written in grayer than grayer? Najwa breaks all the limits that exist and plays Alice with all her physicality.

Money Heist Season 5 Part 1 Review: What Doesn’t Work:

The midway pace gets inconsistent and that affects a bit. Money Heist runs mostly in flashbacks and keeps coming and going. But this time the transition is so fast that the timeline has to be watched too closely at each frame.

The action in the show and the tactics directly compare to the Fast & Furious universe. They defy physics and still continue to do so. But I guess that’s what makes them unique and has a massive audience hooked on it.

Money Heist Season 5 Part 1 Review: The Last Word

As said, it is the beginning of the end and survival is the only thing that matters. There is too much adrenaline and drama in the seat. Have a box of tissues handy, some friendly advice. There is no reason why you shouldn’t like Part 1.

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